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Nevada: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential 

Came into effect March 20, 2020, a statewide order to close all non-essential business has been issued. Though construction is considered to be exempt from the shutdown, certain restrictions are implemented. For instance, the construction of the MSG Sphere at Venetian Hotel has been put on a halt.

As per the recent updates, Governor Steve Bullock has announced reopening in the state. The first update was announced on May 7, 2020 along with Industry specific guidance dated May 15, 2020. Further, an Emergency Declarative defining phase 2 of reopening has been announced on May 28, 2020.

Declaration of Emergency Directive 021 – Phase Two Reopening  (5/28/2020)

Declaration of Emergency Directive 018 – Phase One Reopening (5/7/2020)

Since Nevada has highest number of COVID-19 active cases in the Nation, Governor Sisolak has declared a state of emergency on July 10, 2020. However, the previous orders issued on July 1st, 2020 proposed a reopening response plan.

October 2020 Update: Governor Sisolak issued Emergency Directive 033 which got into effect from October 1, 2020. The emergency directive lifted restrictions on public gatherings but has asked all the business firms to operate with reduced labor capacity including the construction firms.

Governing Body: The Office Of Governor Steve Sisolak

FAQs: Nevada Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How construction is addressed in the order?

All the essential and non-essential construction is considered to be exempt in the order, which means construction and housing construction both are permitted to function.

How building material is addressed in the order?

The hardware stores, as well as those businesses which deal with home improvement materials, are considered essential.

Are there any updates released to define workplace guidelines for employers?

Yes, the State of Nevada has issued a business reopening guidance in which it has mentioned various guidelines and has encouraged onstruction firms to develop a plan that can help mitigate COVID-19. The guidance includes resources for different industries and most of these guidelines are based on OSHA’s releases.

How construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

Since construction is deemed as essential, the contractors and construction firms are permitted to continue with the projects. However, it is a mandate as per the federal orders that construction sites should have a complete site preparedness plan that could be implemented to prevent illness. Also, the common set of rules like social distancing, prevent the sharing of tools, wearing gloves & masks are necessary for construction job sites to continue work.

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